Aesthetic surgery of the lower limbs in current orthopedic practice

Artemiev A.A., Brizhan L.K., Davydov D.V., Bytdaev Z.M., Kashoob A.M., Shipulin A.A., Gululyan G.G.


Correction of the shape of the lower extremities for aesthetic purposes has specific features that are associated with the role of the patient in the treatment process and assessment of results. An important element is the relationship between the appearance of the limb and changes in the axes of
the skeleton.
Aim of study
Assessment of many-years of experience in orthopedic correction of the shape of the lower extremities for aesthetic purposes, discussion of possibilities, analysis of problems and search for possible ways to prevent them.
The material of the study was 123 patients who underwent aesthetic surgical correction in the period from 2005 to 2020. Their results were followed in the period from 6 months to 11 years. In all cases, operations were performed simultaneously on both limbs. The total number of operations, thus, amounted to 246. The main indication for surgery was the so-called true O-shaped curvature (varus deformity) of the lower extremities. In all cases, the main elements of the operation were osteosynthesis with theIlizarov apparatus and osteotomy of the tibia. Wires and half-pins were used as transosseous elements. To assess the main reference lines and angles (RLA), X-ray examination of the lower extremities was performed with the capture of the hip and ankle joints. Results and discussion Corrective manipulations in the group of patients led to a change in the position of the main RLA. Before treatment, MAD value was 15 ± 7 mm, after correction MAD = -2 ± 4 mm, before surgery MPTA = 85 ± 40, after correction MPTA = 91 ± 20. Subjective satisfaction was reported in 114 (92.7 %) cases. Subjectively unsatisfactory results were recorded in 4 (3.3 %) cases; objectively unsatisfactory results were detected in 5 (4.1 %) cases.
Aesthetic surgery of the lower extremities is a part of orthopedic practice and has its specific features due to the goal of realizing the patient's wishes about changing the appearance of the lower extremities indirectly by performing operations on the skeleton. Corrective interventions should be considered as a preventive measure aimed at preventing the development of gonarthrosis in old age. The key to a good result is careful selection of candidates for surgery and their compliance, along with a thorough explanation of the principles and features of correction.


lower limb, aesthetic surgery, Ilizarov apparatus, corrective osteotomy

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